Jerusalem Light Festival 2015

The Jerusalem Light Festival has been taking place in the Old City of Jerusalem for 7 years. Every year, for one week in June, the Old City is transformed into a brilliant light show, with thousands of people visiting the festival every night, crowding through the old cobbled alleys and walkways of the four quarters of the city, Armenian, Christian, Muslim and Jewish.

Every year, artists from Israel and around the world find new and original ways of combining light, sound and the unique character of the city into beautiful works of art.

The festival draws visitors from across the country, as well as many foreign tourists as well.

Here are some of my photos from this year’s festival:

Jaffa Gate, "Blooming Meadow", France

Jaffa Gate, Armenian Quarter, “Blooming Meadow”, France

Ommar Ibn-Al-Khattab Square (Jaffa Gate)- "Jellyfish", Ghislaine Coudert, France

Ommar Ibn-Al-Khattab Square (Jaffa Gate), Armenian Quarter- “Jellyfish”, Ghislaine Coudert, France

Maronite Convent Street, "Hello, Goodbye and See You", Ronen Aricha, Israel. The description says "You cannot help but wave back at the sweet children waving to the passerby". I admit, I restrained myself...

Maronite Convent Street, Christian Quarter, “Hello, Goodbye and See You”, Ronen Aricha, Israel. The description says “You cannot help but wave back at the sweet children waving to the passerby”. I admit, I restrained myself…

Arch of the rooftop walk, Christian Quarter, "The musical gate", Yossi Jimmy, Israel

Arch of the rooftop walk, Christian Quarter, “The musical gate”, Yossi Jimmy, Israel

The Cardo, Jewish Quarter, "Shadow Art", Opac OArt, Israel

The Cardo, Jewish Quarter, “Shadow Art”, Opac OArt, Israel

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The Cardo, Jewish Quarter, "Zero Hidrografico", Gisela Motta & Leandro Lima, Brazil. The lights move like the waves of the ocean.

The Cardo, Jewish Quarter, “Zero Hidrografico”, Gisela Motta & Leandro Lima, Brazil. The lights move like the waves of the ocean.

The lights of the Arab neighborhood of Silwan, or in Hebrew- Kfar Hashiloach,   outside the Old City. Archeological digs there have found a palace which is believed to have been King David's. In 1882, Yemenite Jews settled there, but were driven out by the Arabs in 1938 in a series of pogroms. Now, approximately 500 Jews and 19,000 Arabs live there, in high tension. But from atop the Old City walls at night, the lights look quiet and peaceful.

The lights of the Arab neighborhood of Silwan, or in Hebrew- Kfar Hashiloach, outside the Old City. Archeological digs there have found a palace which is believed to have been King David’s. In 1882, Yemenite Jews settled there, but were driven out by the Arabs in 1938 in a series of pogroms. Now, approximately 500 Jews and 19,000 Arabs live there, in high tension. But from atop the Old City walls at night, the lights look quiet and peaceful.

Dormition Abbey, Mount Zion, outside Zion Gate, "Transitions- from old to new, from traditional to modern", Kobi Rosenthal, Israel

Dormition Abbey, Mount Zion, outside Zion Gate, “Transitions- from old to new, from traditional to modern”, Kobi Rosenthal, Israel

Zion Gate, Jewish Quarter, "Transitions- from old to new, from traditional to modern", Kobi Rosenthal, Israel

Zion Gate, Jewish Quarter, “Transitions- from old to new, from traditional to modern”, Kobi Rosenthal, Israel

Zion Gate, Jewish Quarter, "Transitions- from old to new, from traditional to modern", Kobi Rosenthal, Israel

Zion Gate, Jewish Quarter, “Transitions- from old to new, from traditional to modern”, Kobi Rosenthal, Israel

Dormition Abbey, Mount Zion, outside Zion Gate, "Transitions- from old to new, from traditional to modern", Kobi Rosenthal, Israel

Dormition Abbey, Mount Zion, outside Zion Gate, “Transitions- from old to new, from traditional to modern”, Kobi Rosenthal, Israel

Dormition Abbey, Mount Zion, outside Zion Gate, "Transitions- from old to new, from traditional to modern", Kobi Rosenthal, Israel

Dormition Abbey, Mount Zion, outside Zion Gate, “Transitions- from old to new, from traditional to modern”, Kobi Rosenthal, Israel

Hativat Etzioni street, outside Zion Gate, "Bibigloo", BIBI, France.

Hativat Etzioni street, outside Zion Gate, “Bibigloo”, BIBI, France.

Hativat Etzioni street, outside Zion Gate, "Bibigloo", BIBI, France.

Hativat Etzioni street, outside Zion Gate, “Bibigloo”, BIBI, France.

Habonim Garden, between Zion Gate and Jaffa gate, "Dialogue in color- 'conversation peace'", Ido Scherf & Zadok Ben David, Israel

Habonim Garden, between Zion Gate and Jaffa gate, “Dialogue in color- ‘conversation peace'”, Ido Scherf & Zadok Ben David, Israel

Habonim Garden, between Zion Gate and Jaffa gate, "Dialogue in color- 'conversation peace'", Ido Scherf & Zadok Ben David, Israel

Habonim Garden, between Zion Gate and Jaffa gate, “Dialogue in color- ‘conversation peace'”, Ido Scherf & Zadok Ben David, Israel

Habonim Garden, between Zion Gate and Jaffa Gate, "Light trickeries", Pyromania group, Israel

Habonim Garden, between Zion Gate and Jaffa Gate, “Light trickeries”, Pyromania group, Israel

Tower of David ramparts, near Jaffa Gate, "Variations", Frederic Godeau, France

Tower of David ramparts, near Jaffa Gate, “Variations”, Frederic Godeau, France

Hatzanhanim street, near New Gate, "Fish Forest", BIBI, France

Hatzanhanim street, near New Gate, “Fish Forest”, BIBI, France

Hatzanhanim street, "Field of Light Flowers", Alon Birger, Israel

Hatzanhanim street, “Field of Light Flowers”, Alon Birger, Israel

Hatzanhanim street, "C/Ͻ", Angela Chong, Singapore

Hatzanhanim street, “C/Ͻ”, Angela Chong, Singapore

Damascus Gate, Muslim Quarter, "Childhood Gate", Yaron Zimmerman, Israel

Damascus Gate, Muslim Quarter, “Childhood Gate”, Yaron Zimmerman, Israel

Damascus Gate Plaza, "Children Drawing Light", Children of the Old City.

Damascus Gate Plaza, “Children Drawing Light”, Children of the Old City.

Zedekiah's Cave, underneath the Muslim Quarter, "RingGingBling", LWZ studio, Woeishi Lean & Benjamin Pokropek, Austria.

Zedekiah’s Cave, underneath the Muslim Quarter, “RingGingBling”, LWZ studio, Woeishi Lean & Benjamin Pokropek, Austria.

Zedekiah's cave, "RingGingBling". By far, the coolest stop in the festival. The cave is believed to have been King Zedekiah's escape route when the Babylonians conquered the city over 2500 years ago when the First Temple was destroyed. The cave also served as a quarry for the building of the  Second Temple.  Deep inside the cave, the artists have placed these structures, colored in red, yellow and blue. Using red, green and blue light, they have created the illusion of movement.

Zedekiah’s cave, “RingGingBling”. By far, the coolest stop in the festival. The cave is believed to have been King Zedekiah’s escape route when the Babylonians conquered the city over 2500 years ago when the First Temple was destroyed. The cave also served as a quarry for the building of the Second Temple.
Deep inside the cave, the artists have placed these structures, colored in red, yellow and blue. Using red, green and blue light, they have created the illusion of movement.

The illusion of movement- watch it move in this -link.

The illusion of movement- watch it move in this –link.

Read more on the festival’s Website (English).

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